…Thus far the Lord has helped us.
These words in 1 Samuel 7:12, stopped me in my tracks the other day. I feel desperate and fearful about the future. My constant plea is God, help me! I’m afraid He won’t help because I don’t understand all of His ways, and His inaction feels like a lack of help.
The future is uncertain, but the past is well-defined. I can see God’s faithfulness there…Thus far the Lord has helped us.
God’s word answered my fear again. He did not give me a detailed plan to rest my hope on. Instead, He reminded me to look back at who I know Him to be; in a word, faithful.
I know God’s faithfulness because He has never left me nor forsaken me (Hebrews 13:5) . He has definitely worked all things together for good: causing me to know Him more, and be made more like Him (Romans 8:28). He has provided for all my needs (Philippians 4:13), even as He shows me my true need financially, emotionally, spiritually, and physically.
Thus far, so good. Up to this point, He has helped me. Why should I fear? One of my pastor’s favorite sayings was, “God’s past faithfulness demands my present trust.” That statement hits me between the eyes!
His track record is perfect. Even when we can’t see the future, we can see what lays behind us. His ways are not my ways, and I couldn’t begin to guess how He will work things out. He is faithful to His promises, and most important, He is faithful to who He is.
It means that “if we are faithless, He remains faithful; He cannot deny Himself” (2 Timothy 2:13). Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8). If He has been faithful to me in the past, He will be faithful to me in the future. His character does not change.
He is who He is.
Seeing God’s faithfulness in the past demands the choice to trust Him now, before I see how He will continue to work.
The lyrics from the old hymn, ‘Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus, have been resonating in my heart:
Jesus, Jesus, how I trust Him! How I’ve proved Him o’er and o’er
Jesus, Jesus, precious Jesus! Oh, for grace to trust Him more!
I trust you, Jesus, and need to trust You more!